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margaret walker

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission hike and bike trail. Our casa is right next door to one of San Antonio's five mission's, Mission San Juan Capistrano. We are on the San Antonio River and the wonderful newly renovated hike and bike trail that connect all the Missions. Skip rocks on the river, watch the sunset or curl up in our comfortable, charming home. With extensive grounds, nestled on 2 acres, we have a real 'getting away from it all' feel while still being conveniently located to all of San Antonio's best attractions -10 miles to downtown-3 miles to grocery stores, restaurants, a movie theater and shopping!

Keywords: homey, cozy, comfortable, updated, historic, convenient, inspiring

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
margaret walker (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish

Why margaret walker chose San Antonio

We fell in love with this historic treasure and renovated it to preserve its roots. When we bought the house it needed a lot of love - it had gone to disarray, but after a lot of sweat and restoration magic, it is now a treasure. The original house was built pre1900. The rest of the house was added in the 30s. It used to be a ranch (cows, sheep, goats) and a pecan orchard. There have been whispers of it being a stagecoach stop, brothel and popular spot during prohibition. The ruin across the street is what's left of Berg's Mill. San Juan, the mission next door was built mid 1700s. The ambiance of our property is seductively peaceful - we are so glad the house can continue to enchant visitors!

What makes this house unique

We have a fountain and a pond - our kids love looking for frogs, or feeding the fish. The birding on and around our property is spectacular. In the wintertime, we love having fires in the fireplaces, especially the fireplace in the master bedroom. Our property is surrounded by national park land so we are very secluded.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(64 traveler reviews)
Historic House on San Antonio River and Mission Trail
average rating of 4.953125 based on 64 reviews

Lovely home.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home. I love that they were able to keep the charm, but it is still comfortable. We had a great, short trip this last weekend and wish we could have stayed longer. We did have one odd thing happen - the rain this weekend was out of control. There was some water in the basement, but other than that, I was impressed by how water-proof the house was. I was expecting many leaks from the old windows since they don't usually get rain like that in San Antonio. We don't get the opportunity to vacation often, but if we ever return to San Antonio, we will definitely stay here.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Breathtaking!!

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I were blown away by the beauty of this vacation rental and loved the outdoor appeal. The pics online are beautiful but in person this was such a neat place to stay. Wonderful kitchen area! We loved all the nooks and was a great peaceful place for 5 college friends to get together for a 40th birthday! Gracious host!! Next door and in walking distance to mission San Juan Capistrano! Great trails this place can't be beat!! Still thinking about it! Want to go back again!!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a long weekend with our two kids (11 and 4) after attending a wedding in town. What an oasis. You are really close to downtown, but feel like you are in the country. The home is very clean, spacious, and has a great eclectic decor. I found something new to admire every day. You really feel like you are staying in a family home. Margaret was there to greet us upon arrival and was very responsive to texts and questions. Beds were comfortable, and kitchen was well-stocked. The only thing we did not use was the pool, as it was not in working order until our last day, but we did not need it. Our kids made use of the swings, bikes, and scooters in the garage, and we used the stroller on a walk to the nearby mission. They loved hearing the rooster in the morning and watching the chickens scratching around outside. We would absolutely stay here again. Thanks for your great hospitality!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magnificent experience

  • 5 of 5

What a privilege it was to be guests in this welcoming, well-appointed home. When we began searching for vacation lodging, the per night rate of this home was outside of our budgeted price range. The photos and consistent five-star reviews convinced us to re-work our budget. So glad we did! The reviews are right on target. The grounds, the home, the decor, the privacy, and, yes, Alfredo : ) are all exactly as described in the reviews. I will not repeat them here. Instead, I will tell you that this home easily accommodated my husband and me, and our five children ages 2-14. The house is clean. Very clean. The kitchen will please even a demanding chef. The air conditioning kept us comfortable despite the high temps outside. There is a wonderful culture about this house; you will definitely know that you are in San Antonio. Margaret has been a polite and prompt communicator; she made everything simple. Marriages and families can use terrific vacations to share common experiences and grow stronger relationships. It was a blessing to stay five nights in this lovely home.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at this beautifully renovated historic home. The photos, although very nice, do not do it justice! I could spend an entire week in this house just looking through all of the books and decor. We could not stop saying how amazing it was. My boys loved the swing in the backyard and my friend and I enjoyed cooling off in the plunge pool with a glass of wine. Just around the corner there is a place you can rent bikes from and a trail that will take you all the way to the Alamo! There are many Missions along the way that made our day very memorable. The trail took us a few hours including stops and we were able to drop our bikes off at another bike rental downtown and uber back to the house. We felt like we were in the middle of nowhere but we were so close to downtown. This home is magical and I thank Margaret for sharing it with us. We didn't want to leave after 2 nights!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Margaret's house is just as beautiful as the pictures make it out to be. The house is situated on a bit of land, and I found it quiet and private. Alfredo is just as wonderful as everyone describes, too. When I arrived, he was placing fresh flowers in all of the rooms.

Margaret has thoughtfully included everything you need for the perfect weekend away. The kitchens and bathrooms are fully stocked. I don't often have plans to visit San Antonio, but Margaret has given me a reason to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Car: recommended

great bird watching, wild flowers, walk right next door to visit historic Mission San Juan, rock throwing, pencil rolling, kayak or canoe right in front of our house, ride our bikes on the mission trail


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Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 16.75%

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Southside House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 1 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (3), Child Beds (3) We have two twin blow-up mattresses available, can be easily used in loft or basement den. There is a twin and daybed in the loft and a cot in basement/playroom. We have one pack-n-play and can provide a high chair., Baby Cribs (1) pack-n-play
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
Small, shaded plunge pool, great for kids! Bikes, jogging stroller, basketball hoop, kites

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